Just before I was going to bed last night news came through of police responding to an explosion at the Manchester arena. All thoughts of sleep vanished as my dad and I watched events unfolding and I barely slept all night. The full story was evident this morning. An evil coward decided to set off a suicide bomb right in the foer of the Manchester Arena as people were leaving an Ariana Grande concert. The death toll at the moment stands at 22 dead, 59 injured including children.
I've spent many years on holidays in the North West of England...in Lancashire, Yorkshire, Cumbria, Merseyside and more. The people of the north west are so friendly and helpful and it breaks my heart that evil has visited them. I've never actually been into Manchester personally but it is a great city with a proud history, a great music and sporting scene. Now our country is grieving for children and families and couples who just went to a concert and never came home. Photos released today show the carnage inside that foyer and it makes me sick to the stomach.
They are scum, pure and simple, whoever they are. The kind of people who do this don't care about the innocent or who dies. Pathetic little cowards who target kids, who do this for their own warped and twisted ideals. It makes me really angry about what happened, and sad for the state our world is in. I hope there is a true Hell and that the bomber is burning in it right now.
I'm also proud of the emergency services who march into danger to save people and the ordinary people who opened their homes to stranded strangers and offered to drive from many miles away to ferry people home. They went out of their way to give the hand of friendship to those in need and that for me is what Britain is all about. We are a strong people and we will not buckle or bend to these bastards. Never.
My thoughts are with everyone caught up in this tragedy.